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DreamWorks Brings Kids’ Stories to Life Through Nonprofit Partnership with Story Pirates Changemakers

June 22, 2023

Picture this: you’re a creative kid with a vibrant imagination who loves storytelling. Imagine if your stories are brought to life by the studio behind some of the greatest animated films of all time such as Shrek and Kung Fu Panda? For 52 kids that dream came true thanks to NBCUniversal’s partnership with Story Pirates Changemakers, the nonprofit arm of Story Pirates that aims to make learning more engaging, effective, and accessible for under-resourced communities. The youth participants had the opportunity to share their work with DreamWorks employees, witness their stories and characters come to life, and, importantly, receive critical encouragement to continue writing. 

Here is a sampling of the illustrations – pretty cool, right? 


But wait – there's more! Story Pirates Changemakers was a recent participant in NBCUniversal’s Creative Impact Lab. Apprentices from Spy Hop a nonprofit digital media arts center based in Salt Lake City, collaborated with three NBCUniversal employee mentors to create marketing assets that amplify Story Pirates’ impact. The finished product is a :30 PSA and a two-minute reel, featuring Story Pirates children describing how the program has transformed their imagination and artistic self-expression.  

The Creative Impact Lab not only shines a light on the positive impact of nonprofits like Story Pirates, but provides diverse apprentices with professional mentoring, production experience and digital skills needed for creative careers. Interested in learning more about Story Pirates? Check out below! 

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